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Activities Week 2019

Activity Description Location Cost Led by
Coding Crazy Learn to code and create games such as pacman, snakes using apps in school. Create web pages using HTML and style them in CSS. Learn to create games in Python. West Exe School FREE Mr Kirkbride
Craft Pick ‘n’ Mix An opportunity to explore your crafty side! A selection of craft activities including tie-dye, sewing, crochet, decoupage, friendship bracelets, lanterns, key rings and more! Learn a new skill or develop ones you already have. West Exe School £5 Mrs Putt
Devon Days Out The week will combine learning visits and fun activities where you can develop new skills and work with others. Our visits will include a visit the ‘we bought a zoo’ Dartmoor Zoo, Exeter Crealy and Clip n climb. There will be one further visit to Plymouth Aquarium and a day in school participating in art / craft and cookery workshops. Loose clothing that you can move in required. Local area, Devon £80 - £30 initial deposit Ms Carrington
Exeter Golf and Country Club Experience EGCC are looking forward to welcoming lots of students that would like to experience a week of sporting activities with professional coaches getting you to reach your full potential. The fantastic week promises lots of fun whilst also developing new sporting skills. For those interested in developing their golfing skills they will get the opportunity to play on one of the best Golf courses in the South West. Each day will include some golf coaching with a Professional Golf Association coach on different aspects of their game. The coaches are experienced at teaching beginners as well as developing those that might have some prior experience. Not only will students get to play on the Golf course, but they will also have access to the Topsham Golf academy driving range (opening in Spring). Here they will have their swings filmed and will improve on their technical abilities. Students will also have some access to the indoor golf studio. The studio is programmed so that they are able to attempt to play some of the best and most famous courses in the world. The week will also include some time on the Squash courts. The resident coach at EGCC is currently the UK number one Racquet ball player. Students that come will learn from the very best. During the week, students will also play tennis. The Tennis coaching team are second to none when it comes to teaching the sport. They have a whole catalogue of engaging games that help develop hand eye co-ordination and developing skills in this sport. If the Summer offers some fine weather for the week, then a session or two of swimming in the heated outdoor pool will help students to cool down. If less fortunate with weather, then a session in the indoor pool. At £125 this is fantastic value for money as it also includes lunch each day. Come and join us at this wonderful venue in the centre of our city. Exeter Golf and Country Club £125 - Includes Lunch Mr Fidler
Horse Riding Calling all Jockeys!!!

Essential requirements

Long sleeve top/jodhpurs/leggings/jeans and riding boots or wellies

Learn to ride and look after a horse

Oaklands Riding Stables £150.00 - £25 Deposit due Mrs Blackburn
Lego Mindstorms If you like Lego and you like robots (and who doesn’t!) then Lego Mindstorms is for you. Build and program robots to complete a variety of tasks and take part in the soon to be famous Grab Jousting! There is even the possibility to compete and a future national competition. The only limit is your imagination. West Exe School - SC6 FREE Mr Williams
Models & board games Bring in your own model kit to build or board games to play West Exe School FREE TBC
Outdoor Adventure
  • Monday – Coastal walk
  • Tuesday – Haven Banks. Raft building and sailing
  • Wednesday – Haldon Forest. Mountain biking and Segway
  • Thursday – Haven Banks. Stand Up Paddle board (SUP), Kayaking
  • Friday – Quay Climbing Centre – Indoor climbing and bouldering

Students will need to wear old trainers and change of clothes for Haven Banks.

Haldon Forest / Haven Banks / Quay Climbing centre / East Devon Coast £112 - £28 initial deposit followed by 3 monthly payments of £28 at end of February, March, April. Mr Clemens
Parkour
  • Introduction to different moves and developing what you may already know.
  • Practicing moves indoor and outside.
  • Filming your progress in groups and making a video.
  • Parkour related games.

You will require loose clothing that you can move in.

West Exe School £42.50 Mrs Perkins
Photography Week An opportunity to develop your photographic skills and creativity. Learn Adobe Photoshop as a Photographer and have the opportunity to use a DSLR Professional camera. A day trip to Paignton Zoo will provide you with the opportunity to take limitless photos. You will learn to edit them and then put them up on display in school! New skills that will not leave you! Own camera required along with appopriate clothing for zoo trip West Exe School £22 Mr Tyrer
School of Rock Students will work together in bands and will have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument or sing as part of their band. Throughout the week they will develop skills in their bands on their chosen instrument/voice and will learn how to play different pieces of pop and/or rock music. This work will lead to a performance in school. This activity will be enthusiastically delivered by Rock Steady who have been working closely with the school throughout the year. Their “in-school rock band music sessions are a proven way of making music fun and giving young people the chance to rehearse together, perform songs they love and learn life skills along the way”. West Exe School - Music Department £25 Mrs Gourley
Scuba Diving Experience 2019 An exciting opportunity to enter the world of scuba diving. Students will have the opportunity to learn the skills needed to become a qualified PADI diver. The course starts before activity week and students will be required to complete some theory diver training via 2 classroom sessions and then via online training. During activity week, students will learn the skills and show the competencies in a heated swimming pool for 2 days under the instruction of the PADI Dive Instructors from Teign Dive Centre. On completion, students will then have the opportunity to try their skills in open water (under supervision) in the sea around our Devon coast. They must complete 4 assessed Open water dives (usually days 3+4), leaving the last day for students to take their first fully qualified dive in the sea. Students who successfully complete the course will be issued with a PADI Junior Open water certificate which can be used worldwide – this is where the journey begins! Included in the price is: cost for instruction, hire of all dive equipment, training resources, certification and travel to and from the centre and dive sites.

Important Notes

  • There is a swimming competence requirement- students must be able to swim 100m confidently
  • Students who have medical conditions may not be able to join the course without a medical authorisation. Mrs Davies can provide a checklist and the Dive centre has a Dr who can check any queries.
  • Final cost will be dependant on take up.
Devon Coast £345 Mrs Davies
Sea Fishing Fishing in all the best places locally including Brixham breakwater, Torquay princess pier, Exmouth beach, Budleigh Salterton beach and Babbacombe pier.

Students will require their own fishing gear and appropriate clothing for this activity.

Various £5 Mr Langley
Surf's Up! Daily surf lessons (at varying times each day depending on tides) or paddle-boarding adventures; beach games; exploring Burgh Island; beach cleaning with Surfers Against Sewage; surf movies, music and culture. Minibus daily from school returning by 5PM.

** Camping

The students were very keen last year to spend a night at the beach and there is a suitable and affordable campsite just above the beach (no additional travel required).

The students would need to provide their own sleeping-bags and possibly tents but the campsite is planning to open a camping barn in time for next summer, tbc.

The cost would include an evening meal out at a nearby holiday park restaurant (in Challaborough – pizzas, fish and chips, etc.) and breakfast the next day.

The camping students would go straight from the campsite to the beach Thursday morning and then everyone returns to Exeter on the Thursday afternoon.

If enthusiasm for camping is high, the whole trip will participate in the camping night, it is great value and a brilliant experience.

Discovery Surf School, Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon £120 pp (non-camping), £140 pp (camping)** (£40 deposit due) Mrs Williams
Team Building A week of team building activities including Football and bubble football, beach volleyball at Dawlish Warren, Paintball and further team games. Various sites in Devon £90 Mr Bicheno
Theatre Week
  • Monday – TR2 @ Theatre Royal Plymouth. Tour of the theatre and devising workshop with practitioners.
  • Tuesday – Play in a day on school site with professional theatre company.
  • Wednesday- Wicked @ the Victoria Apollo Theatre, London
  • Thursday – Performance at the Minack Theatre, Polzeath.
  • Friday – Trip to Exeter Picturehouse. Finish at pm
Plymouth / London / Cornwall / Exeter £110 Mr Holland
Upcycle Project Interested in learning how to create your own business using minimal cost materials? To use your imagination to design and make quality products? In a world where we produce tonnes of rubbish with devastating effects on climate change learn to creatively look different ways of using your imagination to reinvent the old or the unused. Do your tastes lean towards vintage, pop art or a modern minimalist style? Learn to use techniques such as decoupage on recycled glass bottles; to reupholster an old chair or turn aluminium cans into tea lights. This is a fun activity which is low cost and enables you to think of creative ways to earn some pocket money, make the perfect gifts for friends or family or a simple way to redecorate your bedroom. TBC FREE Ms Donahue
Wet and Wild Experience 2019 An exciting week spent on the water at Exmouth beach chillin’ in the sun and riding the waves! An opportunity to have a go at the latest craze SUP (stand up paddle boarding), windsurfing, kayaking and body boarding. Qualified instructors will deliver a morning and afternoon session on the water with beach games to keep you occupied. On one of the days you will be taking part in an archery ‘Hunger games’ and solving team building challenges.

Please note that students will be expected to make their own way to Exmouth – previously this has been via the train from Exeter St David’s station.

West Exe staff will be travelling on the train both ways. The cost for the train is NOT included in the price. Students will need a packed lunch but all equipment hire (including wetsuits) is covered.
Exmouth £130 (£50 initial deposit) - Train fare not included Mrs Davies
Wizards of West Exe To spark our imaginations for our own creative writing, join us for a Steam Train ride; a search for Fantastic Beasts; and a tour of places in Exeter that inspired Rowling herself. And don’t forget, a wizarding lunch, the Quidditch World Cup and finally, the House Cup Awards Banquet to finish the week. And did I mention… HARRY POTTER STUDIOS? TBC £75 (£30 initial deposit) Miss Steed